Cubs Bats Observe Two-Hour Moment of Silence at Extended Spring Training

The Cubs managed only four hits (all singles), as the EXST A’s nipped the EXST Cubs 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.


The Cubs lack of offense wasted some fine pitching performances by EXST Cubs hurlers.


20-year old 6’1 215 LHP John Mincone (Cubs 2009 11th round pick out of Suffolk County CC by way of James Madison U.) got the start for the EXST Cubs today, and threw three innings of one run ball. Over his last three EXST outings covering 9.0 IP (104 pitches – 67 strikes), Mincone has allowed just two runs (one ER) on four hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.


20-year old 6’4 220 RHRP Yohan Gonzalez struck out three A’s hitters while working two shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 1.00 and his WHIP to 0.67. He also has fanned nine while walking only two with a .161 OBA in 9.0 IP so far at Extended Spring Training. In three seasons in the Cubs system (2007 at DSL Cubs, 2008 at AZL Cubs, and 2009 at Boise), Gonzalez has a composite 3.14 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 30/75 BB/K in 109.0 IP.


20-year old 6’2 190 RHRP Rogelio Carmona threw one shutout inning, lowering his EXST ERA to 2.89 (he has a 0.96 WHIP, with 3/8 BB/K and a .176 OBA in 9.1 IP). Carmona seems to be at his best when he throws just one inning.


And finally, 22-year old 6’4 185 RHP Danny Keefe (Cubs 2009 16th round draft pick out of the U. of Tampa) struck out the side in the 9th, giving him a team-leading 14 strikeouts in just 10.1 IP. While Keefe’s EXST ERA is a bit ugly (it’s 6.09), his WHIP is only 1.06, because he has yet to issue a walk in seven EXST appearances. Keefe really struggled at Boise after signing last year (7.71 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 35 IP), although he was one of the last two pitchers cut from the Peoria roster at the end of Minor League Camp last month (Larry Suarez was the other one, and he has already been promoted from Extended Spring Training to Peoria).


Along with LHP Marcos Perez (who has yet to give up a run in 14.1 IP), I would say Mincone, Gonzalez, Carmona, and Keefe are the EXST Cubs pitchers most-likely to get a promotion to Peoria in the near future.


While the Cubs played the A’s on Field #3, LHP Casey Lambert and RHP Marcus Hatley (both rehabbing from 2009 TJS) faced-off in a two inning "sim game" on Field #2, with Brandon May, Bobby Wagner, Arismendy Alcantara, and Rafael Disla providing the “opposition.” It’s been eight months since Lambert and Hatley had their TJS, so both are about where they would be expected to be at this time. I have not seen RHP Dylan Johnston (the other 2009 TJS rehabber) throw a sim game yet, however.


RHPs Angel Guzman (March 2010 shoulder surgery), Melvin Rosa (April 2010 TJS), and Manolin DeLeon (knee surgery) are at Fitch Park but are inactive, and I do not know the current status of RHP Justin Bristow or RHP Adam Spencer, both of whom were shut-down early in Minor League Camp.


Among the position players at Extended Spring Training, OF Dong-Yub Kim (unknown-type injury incurred six weeks ago in Minor League Camp), OF Manuel Pestana (shoulder injury suffered while sliding into 3rd base a couple of weeks ago) and OF Kyung-Min Na (left game with unknown-type injury a week ago) are at Fitch Park but are not active at this time.


Here is today’s abridged box score (EXST Cubs players only):


LINEUP:
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH #1: 0-3 (F-9, 6-3, BB, 6-3, R)
2. Wes Darvill, SS: 0-2 (P-3, BB, BB, K)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 0-3 (F-8, 1-3, BB, K)
4. Charles Thomas, 3B: 0-2 (5-3, K, L-8 SF, RBI)
5. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 0-3 (6-3, F-8, K)
6. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 1-3 (1B, K, 4-3)
7a. Luis Flores, C: 1-1 (BB, 1B, SB)
7b. Jose Guevara, C: 1-1 (1B)
8. Runey Davis, LF: 0-3 (K, K, 6-4 FC)
9. Xavier Batista, DH #2: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
10. Blair Springfield, 2B: 0-3 (5-3, K, 5-3)


PITCHERS:
1. John Mincone – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 5/1 GO/FO, 39 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Luis Liria – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 4/2 GO/FO, 36 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Rogelio Carmona – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
4. Yohan Gonzalez – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 25 pitches (19 strikes)
5. Danny Keefe - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 17 pitches (13 strikes)


ERRORS: NONE


ATTENDANCE: 12


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s

Comments

WGN might want to update their "baseball is back" commercial they keep running...the one they shot last year...with sean gallagher in it a few times giving sound bites...

just saying...

Holy crap, I just learned Craig Counsell will be 40 years old this year. He looks like he's about 12 years old.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/may/04/camp...

was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 7

Sorry if this is 3/44, but shocking to see MB is unhappy....

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5...

Although I have been critical of Bradley and his self-centered behavior since early in his tenure with the Cubs, I can't help but notice that the Mariners are misusing Bradley (batting him 4th), probably even worse than the Cubs did. I'm sure it messes with your head being asked to do something you are not good at doing.

I don't want to make excuses for Bradley. A lot of people have a tough road in life and they don't act like some spoiled 12-year old. However, I just wanted to point out that it was not lost on me that Bradley is being put in a position for which he is not particularly well suited.

Bradley is a complimentary offensive player - unfortunately, the Mariners are a team consisting entirely of complimentary offensive players. He's probably best in a situtation in the lineup where he is just going to do what he is going to do, and doesn't have to worry about driving in runs or advancing runners.

We'll trade them Xavier Nady, he hit 26 HRs one year!

I'm tired of the Xavier Nady experience. Sit him out until he's 100% healthy.

That same logic could apply to a bunch of piss-poor mediocre players.

This just in - you can't have a .330 .420 .550 guy at every position on the field.

[edit] forget it, I'm not going to argue with you today. I'm just going to point out I never said anything about .330 hitters at every position. Of course you can't.

That's great argument, TRN. I'm sure you'll win a lot of discussions with that one.

I can see that applying to other situations...

Family member dies in botched surgery:
"This just in - you can't have an ace surgeon in every hospital."

Defending George W. Bush:
"This just in - you can't expect every president to be able to read, write, talk and think coherently."

Thanks, I thought it was a great argument as well. I will leave it up to you mouth breathers to complain about how Milton Bradley isn't a protypical #4 hitter from here on out, therefore he has no place in the major leagues. You fucktards would have relegated Rickey Henderson to pinch running and Wade Boggs to pinch hitting.

Smart, you're really smart.

Agreed,

Surely this is someone other than Miltons fault.

why can't this poor guy catch a break?

I'm sure he's crying all the way to the bank.

F'em.

I assume there's more to the story, cause it's pretty absurd to bench a guy after 2 K's that you batted 4th, especially one who is putting up okay numbers with RISP this year.

and yeah, overly patient hitters aren't the most ideal RBI guys, but the Mariners are desperate.

And so it begins...

see if he's so done that he'll give up the rest of his contract...

To me it's one of those things that is going to be blown up by the media (and based on this article already is) more than it needs to be. If he comes to the park on time today, goes around to the guys and apologizes to them, it would probably be a done deal with the majority of them. Luckily now they all get to answer 20 questions about it for the next three months.

He certainly needs an anger management consular or something, though.

this is one of those sosa-esque things that should be addressed by the media. you don't abandon your team mid-game no matter how pissed you are, imo.

My sports career must have been different from many others. I rememember people stomping off the field in a fit and them not being ostracized or booted from the team. Mostly people said "alright then" and continued on with their lives.

He dressed and left the park.

"Seriously, the Mariners have big problems. They can and probably should release Milton Bradley. Wakamatsu can "downplay thoughts of an incident" all he likes, but a manager really shouldn't be asked to tolerate a player who's debilitated by a couple of early-May strikeouts."

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/3...

Will be interesting to see if there's any fallout from Neyer making fun of Wakamatsu's last name. Wonder if he's got a "Howry Cow" T-Shirt he wears while writing his "articles".

from where i'm at...you can hate your boss (manager/GM/coaches), you can hate people you play with, and you can even hate yourself, but you need to respect the team because it's going to be there longer than any personality in the clubhouse.

you can go down the stairs and pout or throw things...whatever...but leaving while a game is going on...nah.

"you have to be a man to play baseball for a living, but you have to have a lot of little boy in you, too." - roy campanella

Neal, your sports career was different in that you did not get PAID. This is MBs job. If I take off my lab coat after half a shift at work and walk out, guess what happens? FIRED. The same should happen to this wack job.
You are the "mouthbreather", "fucktard", and whatever other insults you have shot out on this thread. Behavior like MBs does not work in reality, but you don't understand that because you probably also live in a similar fucked up state.

I didn't realize the perfume department manager at JC Penny was so strict. Don't worry, though, I hear the food court is hiring.

You stay classy Neal...

The thing is, I'm pretty sure you either agree with the rest of us on Bradley or don't care, but you have to take the opposite stance as everyone else on an issue like this just to be contrarian. Hope you are at least having fun with it.

I was hoping he would just pack up his shit and get out of here. But he keeps coming back like his buddy, MB.

I'm tired of people defending this shithead. He walked out on the team in the middle of the game. The media only needs to do their job, which is report news. This is news. http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=422&sid=317514

It's sort of sad that I have to explain this to alleged baseball fans, but after you come out of a ballgame, you can't go back in.

You should probably also get your news from someone who knows the difference between "There", "They're" and "Their".

Dude. Chill the fuck out.

Damn media.

I haven't seen a genius persecuted so much since Terrence Trent D'Arby.

Holy FUCK BATMAN! That is a blast from the past! haha!

It's kind of weird to not have a major injury to blame the Cub's record on this year. Sure, there's Ted Lilly, but really... if he were perfect, he would have given us an extra what, 1, 2 wins?

I blame Michael Barrett.

doubt Lilly would have done much to improve on the starting staff as they wouldn't have considered moving Z in spring training to the pen and everyone else in the rotation has been great.

poor bullpen and inconsistent offense seem to be the main culprits...

losing 2 of 3 at home to Nats and Astros doesn't help much either

Milton should have raised some eye brows before last year, here is a copy of his signed contract

http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/05...

*high five*

I miss the Doc.

riot, fuke, dlee, byrd, sori, rami, font, hill, theo.

Colvin one start in one week.

Send the kid back to AAA.

F' Nady.

well he is hitting despite the inconsistent playing time...

should they call up Hoffpauir instead to make outs?

Just want him to play over Nady. I know he has not played much either, but for christ sakes the guy cant throw until June and it looks like he can't hit either until then.

Just rotate Colvin and Fuku and Byrd a few days a week.

Nice problem to have.

Might as well be angry at that since Soriano is hitting now.

You know what, I remember a post on our very own TCR after the 2008 season that said something like "beware the BABIP". I'm starting to think that this team is just not very good.

Soriano moves in the batting order ... 1-for-16 is on deck.

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    crunch 7 min 39 sec ago view
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    Arizona Phil 34 min 12 sec ago view
  • I doesn't know what your talking about.

    Sonicwind75 38 min 46 sec ago view
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    chitownmvp01 43 min 54 sec ago view
  • CHITOWNMVP01: It is indeed odd that the Cubs did not just wait one more day to recall LaStella.

    As far as Spencer Patton is concerned...

    Arizona Phil 52 min 33 sec ago view
  • Why didn't they wait until tomorrow to call up TLS? Don't they have to wait 10 days to bring Patton back up now?

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 13 min ago view
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    James Farris, RHRP
    Ian Happ, 2B-OF
    Eloy Jimenez, OF
    Ryan McNeil, RHRP
    Steve Perakslis, RHRP
    Duane Underwood Jr, RHSP

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    Arizona Phil 1 hour 47 min ago view
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    Jackstraw 1 hour 59 min ago view
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    Arizona Phil 2 hours 35 min ago view
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    JoePepitone 2 hours 39 min ago view
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    Rob Richardson 3 hours 13 min ago view
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    billybucks 4 hours 20 min ago view
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